No Best Actress Star Award for Fann this year

Star Awards: Zoe, Fann out
By jocelyn lee

THE much-hyped series The Ultimatum (2009), which boasted the reunion of two of MediaCorp's biggest stars Fann Wong and Zoe Tay on TV for the first time in 14 years, failed to earn the two actresses nods in the Best Actress Category in the upcoming Star Awards in April.

Instead, actresses Ann Kok, Chen Li Ping, Eelyn Kok, Hong Hui Fang and Jeanette Aw will contend in the category for their work in the hit dramas Housewives' Holiday, Reunion Dinner and Together.

The Ultimatum, which performed under expectations with a low average rating of 917,000 viewers over 30 episodes from May to July last year, was not a complete loss. It earned nominations in the Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress categories for Tay Ping Hui, Jerry Yeo and Constance Song respectively.

Drama series Together gave newcomers a boost with Dai Yang Tian, Elvin Ng and Zhang Zhen Huan being nominated for the Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor categories.

This year's Star Awards will see some changes with two shows broadcast live on two consecutive Sundays on Channel 8. The Professional Awards will be presented on April 18 at 7pm, and the Star Awards on April 25 at the same time.

Six new awards have also been created for the Professional Awards ceremony, including Favourite Male/Female Character, Most Unforgettable TV Villain and Male/Female Media Darling.

Fann Wong down with H1N1

Fann Wong is down with H1N1 flu, reported my paper.

The actress developed a cold and a runny nose last Saturday. She went for a massage on the same day, but was advised by the therapist to consult a doctor, who confirmed that she had contracted H1N1.

Fann had been filming in Hainan Island previously, but it is not known whether she was infected while she was abroad.

She has been given an MC of 10 days and will be keeping herself in quarantine.

Already, Fann skipped the first day shoot ceremony of local comedy film Happy Go Lucky.

The film, which also stars Liu Lingling and Patricia Mok, is estimated to have production costs totaling over $1 million.

When interviewed, Fann's husband, Christopher Lee said that he automatically went for a H1N1 vaccination jab when he learnt of his wife's condition.

Answering the question as to whether the couple will be sleeping in separate bedrooms because of Fann's quarantine, he said: "It doesn't really matter. We're already under the same roof.

"The maid will look after her in the morning and I will look after her at night. So I must keep my body in the best condition possible to look after Fann well."